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PAC Fraud

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A Political Action Committee or “PAC” is a political donation tool used to support or defeat candidates running for office. A PAC can also be used for or against legislation or ballot initiatives, and an increasing number of fraudulent PACs has raised the awareness of the issue by federal law enforcement. Recently, two Arizona… Read More »

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Pennsylvania Police Misuse of Hate Crime Law

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Pennsylvania police officers have been using our hate crime law to make arrests and to increase the punishment that the defendant receives. This is coming at an unfortunate time, when real hate crimes are being committed at rates not seen in the past few decades. In… Read More »

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Entrapment as a Defense

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In an attempt to stop crimes before they happen, law enforcement may employ tactics that border on illegal, such as helping or enticing someone to commit a crime. While providing the materials for someone to commit a crime or giving them information may not necessarily be illegal, “entrapment” is against the law. Entrapment occurs… Read More »

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Protecting Yourself from Excessive Force During an Arrest

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

The majority of Americans know that when a police officer wishes to make an arrest, we should remain as calm as humanly possible and make every attempt to resist arrest. While the majority of arrests are legal and done so in a peaceful manner, many arrests are done with a large degree of force,… Read More »

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Charges Stemming from Paintball Fights

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

In Detroit, paintball enthusiasts began staging mini gun fights and drive-bys with paintball guns, instead of real guns. Proponents of these paintball shootouts argue that instead of real violence, communities and gangs that were at odds with one another are now being brought together in a fun, albeit messy, way. But what began as… Read More »

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Condoms as Instruments of Crime

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Under the touted banner of fighting human trafficking, Pennsylvania law enforcement is cracking down on sex workers, and in an unusual way.  Pittsburgh police are making arrests for sex workers who carry condoms on their person or in their vehicles, citing these condoms as “instruments of crime.” This not only jeopardizes the safety and… Read More »

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Fighting Back Against False Arrest

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Two African American Starbucks customers were arrested for nothing more than being in the store and being black. According to the New York Times, the video footage of their unlawful arrest went viral with more than 10 million youtube views. The manager of the store called the police, who quickly showed up at store,… Read More »

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Pleading Insanity

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

One of the criteria for committing a crime is that the defendant must know, or should know, that the particular action that they are engaged in is illegal. Because of this, when a person commits a crime and is pronounced legally insane at the time of the crime, they may be found innocent of… Read More »

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Vandalism

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

Vandalism is the deliberate destruction or damage of public or private property. Y are potentially facing heavy fines, jail time, or even time behind bars in state prison. Do not make the mistake of believing that these charges will somehow blow over or that you will be let off with a warning. You need… Read More »

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Is Proximity to a Crime Scene Probable Cause?

By van der Veen, O’Neill, Hartshorn, and Levin |

A Philadelphia man was recently arrested for rape, battery, theft, and a half dozen other crimes, when he allegedly returned to the scene of the crime, according to NBC 10 News. Police say that they recognized the man from surveillance camera footage, which captured an attack on a woman who had been walking to… Read More »

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